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A bus ambush on Nairobi-Isiolo highway leaves several people with injuries

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A number of people are nursing injuries following an attack on a bus on the Nairobi-Isiolo highway on Saturday evening.

The bus was heading from Nairobi to Isiolo when attackers hurled stones at it near Maili Saba in Isiolo, an incident that has followed three days of clashes between two communities.

The clashes was necessitated by the killing of a boda boda rider on Thursday evening.

Police reports indicate that the rider, accused of stealing motorcycle spare parts, was accosted by a group of men in Isiolo town, taken to an area along the Isiolo-Meru border, roughed up and set on fire.

Following the incident, a group of boda boda riders from one community started unleashing terror on the other, claiming it was behind the killing.

Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti has now asked boda boda leaders in all the communities in Isiolo to meet and discuss lasting solutions to prevent similar incidents.

“I don’t want to hear about communities fighting. We are all Kenyans so we must find ways of living together. Boda boda riders should join saccos so that if anything happens, it’s easy to know the culprits,” he said.

Kuti further urged the two communities to maintain peace and allow police to do their work for justice to prevail, adding that the residents should report cases to police for proper action to be taken and to stop linking crimes to communities.

On Thursday, a crowd broke into shops in Isiolo town and stole various items as business people fled.

Isiolo County Commissioner Herman Shambi on Friday urged calm, saying police officers were deployed to ensure normalcy is returned.

Shambi also asked parents who took their children out of school due to the tension to take them back.

He condemned the attack on the boda boda rider, saying the men should have surrendered the suspect to police for legal action, instead of taking matters into their own hands.

Mr Shambi warned residents against spreading fear and panic on social media platforms, saying detectives are investigating use of electronic devices so that those spreading propaganda are arrested.

He told off residents politicizing the matter, saying the suspects arrested were from different communities.

“I assure that all is well. We are committed to ensuring business goes on uninterrupted,” he assured.

He further asked religious leaders to use their positions and platforms to preach peace.

The administrator also asked young people to shun leaders propagating divisive politics and learn to work together.

Mr Shambi also said three suspects, including an owner of the garage where the stolen goods were found and the owner of the tuktuk that the rider was transported in, were arrested.

“The three are assisting our officers in investigations so that all those involved are brought to book,” he said.

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